[ uhp-teyk ]
/ ˈʌpˌteɪk /
apprehension; understanding or comprehension; mental grasp: quick on the uptake.
an act or instance of taking up; a lifting: the uptake of fertilizer by machines.
Also called take-up. Machinery. a pipe or passage leading upward from below, as for conducting smoke or a current of air.
Origin of uptake
; compare take-up
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Examples from the Web for uptake
The uptake and toobes is all sooted up, and we carn't get no steam to the hengines no'ow!'
His mind was of that quick order which requires to be caught in the uptake rapidly in order to shine.
"Men are apt to be slow in the uptake," she added indulgently.
British Dictionary definitions for uptake
a pipe, shaft, etc, that is used to convey smoke or gases, esp one that connects a furnace to a chimney
taking up or lifting up
the act of accepting or taking up something on offer or available
quick on the uptake informal quick to understand or learn
slow on the uptake informal slow to understand or learn
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Word Origin and History for uptaken.
"capacity for understanding," 1816, from up + take. Cf. obsolete verb uptake "to pick or take up," attested from c.1300.
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Medicine definitions for uptake
The absorption by a tissue of a substance, such as a nutrient, and its permanent or temporary retention.
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Idioms and Phrases with uptake
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